The chairman of Skegness Carnival has sent out a massive thank you to everyone for making this year’s new Christmas festival in the resort an “amazing success”. Organisers of the annual Christmas lights switch on at The Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness on Friday promised a bigger and brighter event than ever before - and with the weather holding out it proved a dazzling start to the festive season.
Fun began with an illuminated Santa parade, with help from the Skegness Fire Brigade, leaving Briar Way, travelling along the High Street and down Lumley Road to where the switch-on of the Christmas tree and lights took place outside the Hildreds Centre, with Lincs FM joining in the countdown.
Youngsters got a first glimpse of Cinderella’s enchanted grotto in the shopping centre, where there were lots of new decorations and displays.
County Linx Radio provided the festive music throughout and hosted the Embassy Theatre Academy Adults Choir on stage.
The heavens finally opened as promised on Saturday for the start of the Christmas market - but it didn’t stop people turning out to soak up the atmosphere.
Gary Starr, chairman of Skegness Carnival, commented: “What an amazing success our Victorian Christmas Market was this year. Despite the weather, thousands of people visited Skegness and supported our great day, which this year had more stalls and attractions than ever before.
“A massive thank you to our sponsors East Lindsey District Council, the volunteers who came and helped build the stalls at 6am and break them down at the end of the day, the stall holders who supported the event and braved the cold and of course the Carnival committee who organised the event for the town.
“Don’t forget our Christmas Grotto, kindly brought to you and created by the Hildreds, is open for selected dates to see Santa Claus and all proceeds go toward funding next year’s Carnival events.”